Andy Smith: Kia ora, my name is Andy. I am excited to join the LIS community and continue to develop the strong co-curricular programme at the school. Over the past 4 years I have been a PHE teacher and co-curricular coordinator in Hanoi, Vietnam, where I also met my wife Ms Yana.
I am a keen sportsperson who gets involved in a variety of activities and appreciates arts, culture and music. I value balance in life and am passionate about providing opportunities for everyone to embrace this for personal and community wellbeing.
James Colley: I have been teaching Drama for the last 13 years and have worked exclusively as a Drama teacher. I was a professional stage actor in Canada for many years and was also the owner of a coop Theater in Montreal. I ran a theater program in Quebec Canada for 5 years at John Rennie High School. This program was an awesome opportunity for students to work in a professional styled theater environment and was one of the highlights of my career. I have been in Cairo Egypt for the last three years teaching Drama. I am very excited to be teaching at LIS this year and look forward to putting on some great shows.
Jonah Rosenfield is joining us as the new Secondary Deputy Principal this year. He and his family (wife, Kristen and 2 sons, Asa and Liam) are joining us from The Lincoln School in Buenos Aires, Argentina and, prior to that, from the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. Jonah is from the New England region of the United States and enjoys running, exploring, cooking, reading, playing Lego with his sons, and anything having to do with the ocean. Jonah and his family are excited to be at LIS and are looking forward to learning about and traveling around both Angola and the entire southern region of the African continent.
Patrick Hargreaves: Greetings from Mr Patrick from New Zealand. I am married with two children who are both grown up and still in NZ. My wife is Lisa Hargreaves who is teaching Year 2. I follow Rugby (the All Blacks of course) and Ice Hockey (the Canucks). I also enjoy fishing, hunting and writing as hobbies. Out of interest, I have also been an Electrician, a Firefighter, a fishing writer (biggest fish is a 177kg Marlin), house builder, played field Hockey, Rugby, Cricket and owned a commercial dive boat. Variety and giving things a go is what I encourage in everyone, including myself.
Richard Benade: Hey everyone. My name is Richard and I’m a proud South African Canadian. I spent the last two years teaching in China and day dreaming of being back in Africa. I love challenges both mental and physical. I’ll be teaching English language acquisition. I’m passionate about languages, music, technology, wildlife conservation, and so much more! I look forward to talking, learning, and growing, with my new LIS community.
Susana Pinheiro: Hi! My name is Susana, I’m from Portugal and I’m a Portuguese and Spanish teacher. It’s my first professional experience in Angola and I’m really happy to be here. I have been working in Portugal as a teacher and also have contributed for the development of curriculum materials. At LIS, I’ll be teaching Portuguese Language Acquisition in MYP and Portuguese Language and Literature in MYP and DP. I love reading, listening to music, playing sports and smiling!!! I’m very excited about this new challenge.